Ex libris : confessions of a common reader / Anne Fadiman.

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  • Author(s): Fadiman, Anne, 1953-
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    New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
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    xi, 162 p. ; 20 cm.
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    Bibliographies; Non-fiction; Individual biography
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      1st ed.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
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    • ABNT:
      FADIMAN, A. Ex libris : confessions of a common reader. [s.l.] : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Fadiman A. Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1998. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892. Accessed November 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Fadiman, A. (1998). Ex libris : confessions of a common reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fadiman, Anne. 1998. Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892.
    • Harvard:
      Fadiman, A. (1998) Ex libris : confessions of a common reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892 (Accessed: 14 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fadiman, A 1998, Ex libris : confessions of a common reader, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, viewed 14 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Fadiman, Anne. Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fadiman, Anne. Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fadiman A. Ex libris : confessions of a common reader [Internet]. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1998 [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.99892


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 1998

Fadiman, author of the award-winning The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down , has selected 18 book-related essays from her cache of "Common Reader" columns written for Civilization magazine to create a tribute to her love of the printed word. The first essay discloses the most intimate act of her marriage: the commingling of her and her husband's libraries. Having established just how seriously she takes books, Fadiman goes on to reveal the depths of her fascination with "odd" books and out-of-favor words, and the habit of "reading books in the places they describe." Her accounts often focus on family traits, including a compulsion to proofread everything from menus to the daily newspapers, and a craving for reading that must be satisfied in emergencies with anything at hand, such as the yellow pages or appliance instructions. As delectable and witty as these divulgences are, it is Fadiman's profound appreciation and knowledge of books and all that they convey that hit home. ((Reviewed October 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

LJ Reviews 1998 September #2

In this delightful collection of essays, Fadiman, the award-winning author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (LJ 9/1/97) and the new editor of The American Scholar, ponders on "how we maintain our connections with our old books, the ones we have lived with for years, the ones whose textures and colors and smells have become as familiar to us as our children's skin." Drawn from Fadiman's "Common Reader" column in Civilization magazine, these 18 pieces wittily explore her family's bibliomania. (Her father, Clifton Fadiman, was a founder of the Book of the Month Club.) From describing the trauma of marrying her personal library with her husband's ("my books and his books had become our books") to detailing the joy of browsing second-hand bookstores ("seven hours later, we emerged...carrying nineteen pounds of books"), Fadiman writes with an appealing warmth and humor. Highly recommended for bibliolaters and bibliophiles everywhere. Wilda Williams, "Library Journal" Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

PW Reviews 1998 August #3

The author of last year's NBCC-winning The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, has collected 18 essays about her relationships with books, reading, writing and words. Gathered from the "Common Reader" column Fadiman wrote for Civilization magazine, these essays are all inspired by interesting ideas how spouses merge their large libraries, the peculiar pleasures of reading mail-order catalogues, the joys of reading aloud, how people inscribe their books and why. Unfortunately, some of these fascinating ideas grow fussy. The minutiae of the shelving arrangements at the Fadiman household brings the reader to agree with the author's husband, who "seriously contemplated divorce" when she begged him to keep Shakespeare's plays in chronological order. The aggressive verbal games waged in Fadiman's (as in Clifton) family are similarly trying: They watched G.E. College Bowl, almost always beating the TV contestants; they compete to see who can find the most typos on restaurant menus; and adore obscure words such as "goetic" (pertaining to witchcraft). At least the author is self-aware: "I know what you may be thinking. What an obnoxious family! What a bunch of captious, carping, pettifogging little busybodies!" Well, yes, but Fadiman's writing, particularly in her briefer essays, is lively and sparkling with earthy little surprises: William Kunstler enjoyed writing (bad) sonnets, John Hersey plagiarized from Fadiman's mother. Books are madeleines for Fadiman, and like those pastries, these essays are best when just nibbled one or two at a time. (Oct.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews